2019 Bird Portrait Contest finalists

In the last few months of 2019, BirdWatching received more than 1,000 submissions to our Bird Portrait Contest from hundreds of photographers. The contest drew an exceptional selection of photos, making the judges’ job quite difficult, and now we’re happy to present the 12 finalist images in this slideshow.

  

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican
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Photographer: Monica Plummer

Location and date: Indian Shores, Florida, November 24, 2018

Description: One of my go-to stops when I'm visiting family in Florida is Seaside Seabird Sanctuary on Indian Rocks Beach. It's a regular stop for numerous birds of all types, too. They like to come and "visit" their feathered friends who are in rehab or long-term sanctuary residency. Some call these visitors "free-loaders." I like to think of them as a bit of both.

I spotted this handsome visiting dude strolling on the shelled path near the aviaries. As he neared a dark-colored fence, I swiftly got into position to capture this chocolatey warm-hued portrait before he continued on his way back down to the beach.

Gear and settings: Nikon D750; ISO Speed: 400; Shutter Speed: 1/200


UPDATE: View the first-place, second-place, and third-place winners!


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Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and BirdWatchingDaily.com. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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